Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday explained why government would still retain the services of about 25000 unqualified teachers in the state public primary schools.
Speaking at the distribution of empowerment facilities to 550 youths and car loans to 2,600 civil servants at the Government House, Ganduje confirmed that his administration inherited no fewer than 25,000 unqualified teachers in the state’s primary schools.
Ganduje explained that instead of sacking the teachers, government was mindful of the multiplier effect of unemployment market, adding that the teachers had since been enrolled in tertiary institution to acquire their National Certificate of Education (NCE).
The Guardian recently conducted an investigation on qualified teachers in Kano and found that 65 per cent of the teachers in public primary and secondary schools were not qualified.
While restating government’s commitment to efficient and effective policies for functional civil service in Kano, Ganduje hinted that the loans were strategically deployed to motivate the workers to perform better.
He added that the state government recently removed the dichotomy between the Higher National Diploma (HND) and university degree, as well as tenure of directors in the state civil service to infuse efficiency and equal opportunity for all.
Ganduje, who cautioned the youths not to divert the empowerment equipment given to them after their training, revealed that a government team would be set up to monitor their progress.
The collaborative empowerment programme between the Kano State Government and Industrial Training Funds (ITF) trained the 550 youths in a three-month intensive vocational training in tailoring, plumbing, photography and Plaster of Paris (POP).
Director General of ITF, Josheph Ari who lauded the state government empowerment initiative charged the beneficiaries to be employers of labour. He added that the vocational programme was in line with Federal Government sustainable economic growth initiative to encourage self-sufficiency and create more jobs.